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Welcome to VertEvo!

Willkommen zu VertEvo!

Dr. Christine Böhmer


Paleontologists are people with a passionate curiosity about
the history of life on Earth and what it can tell us about the world tod

The focus of this website is the evolution of vertebrates.


Symposium at Evolution conference

Evolution conference logo2The 2nd joint congress on Evolutionary Biology will take place in Montpellier (France) in August 2018. Special symposium S25 - Macroevolutionary dynamics of form-function relationships organized by Böhmer & colleagues. It’s our great pleasure to announce our invited speaker: Stephanie Pierce from Harvard University!

Hot off the press!

Muscle Functional Morphology

cover ARInvited contribution to Special Issue of The Anatomical Record: Behavioral Correlates of Muscle Functional Morphology - Postcranial Muscles is published!

Böhmer et al. (2018). Anatomical basis of differences in locomotor behavior in martens: a comparison of the forelimb musculature between two sympatric species of Martes. DOI: 10.1002/ar.23742


Fossil rhinoceroses

Unique evidence of paleopathologies

Invited contribution to Paleopathology mini-series in the Journal of Zoology is published! Periodontitis, hypercementosis, and enamel hypoplasia in extinct rhinoceroses. Read more in the Journal of Zoology BLOG.

Böhmer C & Rössner G. (2018). Dental paleopathology in fossil rhinoceroses: etiology and implications. Journal of Zoology Special issue on paleopathology (invited contribution). DOI: 10.1111/jzo.12518

fig1 blog

Figure: X-rays of the jaws of (a) the fossil rhinoceros Prosantorhinus germanicus and (b) an extant rabbit, both displaying hypercementosis (indicated by arrows).


Hox code and evolution in deep time

Two new publications on chasing the Hox code by vertebral morphology through deep time. References:
Böhmer C. & Werneburg I. 2017 Deep time perspective on turtle neck evolution: chasing the Hox code by vertebral morphology. Scientific Reports. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-09133-0

Böhmer C. 2017 Correlation between Hox code and vertebral morphology in the mouse: towards a universal model for Synapsida. Zoological Letters. DOI: 10.1186/s40851-017-0069-4Böhmer u Werneburg Cover 04_mod_v.


Vertebrate evolution

My special field is vertebrate paleobiology. Animated by my passion for bones, I have always been fascinated to draw all the secrets from skeletal remains. Therefore, I apply a holistic approach integrating quantitative shape analyses, EvoDevo and functional morphology to understand the evolution of vertebrates. [read more]

Find out more about my scientific research!
Research focus: evolution, function and develoment of the vertebrate body plan.

VertEvo CB

Mein Spezialgebiet ist die Paläobiologie der Wirbeltiere. Meine Faszination für das Skelett motiviert mich, Knochen ihre Geheimnisse zu entlocken. Hierfür verfolge ich einen holistischen Ansatz, indem ich Morphologie, EvoDevo und Biomechanik integretativ anwende, um die Evolution der Wirbeltiere zu verstehen. [weiterlesen]

Forschungsschwerpunkt: Evolution, Funktion und Entwicklung Körperbauplans der Wirbeltiere.
Mit VertEvo möchte ich auf aktuelle Ergebnisse aus der Wissenschaft aufmerksam machen und Einblicke in meine Forschungsarbeit geben.

German Palaeontological Society

Tilly Edinger Prize

PalGes_Logo_gelb-frei_verklThe Tilly Edinger Prize of the German Palaeontological Society has been awarded to me, acknowledging my work on Hox genes and the evolution of the vertebral column in archosaurs.

I thank all who supported me in various ways throughout the years!
Thank you very much!!

Tilly Edinger



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